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President Research & Development - Vasant Padmanabhan

Joined Smith+Nephew in August 2016 and is responsible for Research and Innovation, New Product Development, Clinical and Medical Affairs, and Clinical Operations. Vasant is based in Andover, US.

Skills and Experience 

Vasant is a medical technology executive with over 25 years of global R&D leadership experience. He holds a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering and has a proven track record of driving and delivering innovation from concept-to-commercialisation. Prior to Smith+Nephew, Vasant served as the Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at Thoratec Corporation, a leader in mechanical circulatory support solutions for the treatment of heart failure. In this role, he provided leadership to multiple technical functions including global R&D, Programme Management, Quality Affairs, and Operations. Prior to Thoratec Corporation and its successful acquisition by St. Jude Medical, Inc. in 2015, Vasant had an 18-year career at Medtronic plc, starting as a Staff Scientist and, progressing through more senior roles, ultimately becoming Vice President of Connected Care R&D Operations (2008-2012) and Vice President of Product Development for the Implantable Defibrillator Business (2012-2014). Vasant holds an MSc and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management.